Sort file:- Maidstone, January, 2024.

Page Updated Maidstone:- Wednesday, 10 January, 2024.


Earliest 1863

(Name from)


Closed 2019

County Road


01622 681744

Swan outing 1950s

Above photo circa 1950s. Kindly sent by Rosemary Perkins.

Swan 2008

Photo taken in July 1998 from by John Law.

Swan 2010

Above photo 2010 by Oast House Archives Creative Commons Licence.

Swan 2015

Above Google image, June 2015.

Swan 2015

Above Google image, June 2015.

Swan 2019

Above photo, 2019, by Sophie Fuller.

Swan 2024

Above photo, January 2024. Kindlt taken and sent by Jeffrey East.

Swan sign 1986Swan sign 1991

Above sign left, September 1986, sign right, October 1991.

Swan sign 1993

Above sign, September 1993.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Swan sign 2012Swan sign 2015

Above sign left, 2012. Sign right 2015.


Originally called the "County Arms" change of name was in 1863.

One time a Mason's tied house, but the brewery was bought out by Shepherd Neame in 1956 and the brewery was subsequently closed and the brewery demolished.

I am informed (October 2019) that the pub has been sold to an unknown buyer and is closed.


Swan 2019

Above photo, December 2019, kindly taken and sent by Paul Narramore.


Local knowledge, further pictures, and licensee information would be appreciated.

I will be adding the historical information when I find or are sent it, but this project is a very big one, and I do not know when or where the information will come from.

All emails are answered.


From the By Ben Ashton, 17 September 2018.

The filthy reasons these 7 restaurants and pubs in Maidstone were given 0-2 food hygiene ratings.

Out of date food, chefs not washing their hands and greasiness were among the reasons why outlets scored poorly.

There are 7 food outlets that have been hit with a poor food hygiene rating in the Maidstone area so far in 2018.

Restaurants, takeaways, pubs and a Costa drive thru were among those considered to be below the standards required.

And now the reasons why they ranked so badly have been revealed.

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, run by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in partnership with local authorities, inspects hygiene standards at places where food and drink is sold.

A rating is given based on food management, the hygienic handling of food and the condition and cleanliness of buildings.

Ratings range from zero, meaning urgent improvement is required, to five, meaning standards are very good.

Food hygiene ratings

5 - Very good

4 - Good

3 - Generally satisfactory

2 - Improvement necessary

1 - Major improvement necessary

0 - Urgent improvement necessary

The following list shows all of the places in Maidstone that received a rating of two or below following their latest inspections, as well as the date they were inspected and the reason why they received that score.

All ratings are based on information released to Kent Live under the Freedom of Information Act and also publicly available on the Food Standards Agency website. They are correct as of September 17, 2018.

The Swan Inn. Rating: 2.

When was it inspected? March 13, 2018.

Reasons for rating: The pub and restaurant had a number of areas in a bad condition and were difficult to keep clean.

There was flaking paint on the kitchen wall posing a contamination risk, while the top surface to the kitchen freezer door was dirty with food debris.

The upright freezer had dirty hand contact points and the upright silver fridge in the storeroom had mouldy seals.

Inspectors found that the coloured chopping boards were “worn, stained and difficult to clean”.


Les Swaffer tell me that at one time the licensees had a black swan on the premises and locally it was referred to as the Muddy Duck.

As of April 2023, I am informed that the building currently has scaffold over it, but no idea of what's happening at present.



HARRISON Robert 1882+

BOWES Edward 1903-04+ (also builder in 1904) Kelly's 1903

CANE George William 1913-38+

SIMMONDS Will & Em 1950s-60s


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


If anyone should have any further information, or indeed any pictures or photographs of the above licensed premises, please email:-